Okay we, as fans, can all be sold on getting solid use out of Mike Jenkins in 2012 in an elaborate Rob Ryan defensive scheme. Sounds great if it works. However, it is becoming more apparent that Mike himself isn't being sold on becoming that 3rd guy in at cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys in '12. Everyone at the Ranch wants Jenkins to honor his contract and give it his all this year ..... however the writing on the wall is getting clearer and clearer. Jenkins wants out!
Now I am not saying for Jerry Jones to lie down to any offer, now that its clairvoyant Jenkins isn't going to "play nice" in Big D. But the Cowboys already have a big player (Indianapolis), offering a big piece (a second round pick in 2013) for the disgruntled corner. Don't take that! Now, I am not going to create one of those far-fetching trade scenarios, I am gonna just play with that offer, the same two teams, to create an idea that could actually have Jerry looking like he did in 1989 when he traded away Hershel Walker for a slew of future draft picks. Picks that would eventually form the foundation of the 90's Dallas dynasty. How? Keep reading to find out.
Here is the thing: because the 2012 season has not played out yet, no one knows what the draft order will look like in 2013. And this is where a great risk exists. Dallas can have a far better record that the Colts, or possibly both teams are average, or even Luck breaks out like Cam did last year and the Colts actually outplay the Boys. Who knows, right? What I would propose for Jerry Jones to do is to take a calculated risk. What risk? Take a shot that the Colts will fair far less favorably then the Cowboys this season. Think about it, if the Colts have another bad year, it puts then atop of every round in the 2013 NFL draft. So take that shot when trading Jenkins.
How? What I would propose to Indy is trading Jenkins with the Cowboys and Colts flopping their first round selections next year, and the Boys also recieving the Colts 4th rounder in 2012 and a conditional 3rd rounder in 2013. That condition being, if Jenkins makes the Pro-Bowl or if the Colts have a better record than the Cowboys in 2012.
If it fails, the Cowboys play the fool. BUT, if it works, it is possible that Dallas can make a strong playoff run this season and end up with a top 5 pick in the draft next year. Lets say the Colts, with a rookie quarterback, stink it up real bad, it is even possible Dallas ends up with the top pick overall, with Matt Barkley staring them in the face. Think about the potential suiters then ... Jacksonville, Cleveland, Kansas City, Arizona, possibly Oakland and the Jets. That risk could be a franchise changer and it far outweighs the value Dallas would get for a second round draft choice, which they are currently being offered.
Yes it is a risk. But a risk that if it pans out, can have the Cowboys in a very good spot for years to come.